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Old 10-26-2012, 04:20 PM   #61
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Hell I'm only 42 and that kind of crap would piss me off for weeks. Etiquette is something that has gone the way of cursive handwriting and using the formal letter format in emails. While I doubt anyone misses my southpaw chicken scratch, I still try to compose emails as if they are a letter and I'd backtrack 100 miles before telling anyone to go 'find' my buddy. Unfortunately I know more than a few guys like those ones you dealt with.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:59 PM   #62
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You had every right to be annoyed from that. Looking forward to more of the RR.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:18 PM   #63
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To ask for a favour and give you the run around is unaustralian. Most people you would meet would either go out of their way to be considerate and return a favour of some kind. Or they would just keep out of your way and not bother you in the first place. glad this was your only bad experience in your trip down under
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:44 PM   #64
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Find that surprising as well especially if his so called mates didn't want to go back with you to help?That sounds ....odd.We tend not to be formal but what you describe breaks several unwritten rules.
Enjoying your report Mr Cob,please continue.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:53 PM   #65
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Howdy All,

Mates, PLEASE don't take it the wrong way, like I said this was the ONLY time in the month that I spent in your fair country that I felt up set. I am NOT a very easy person to get along with, I am not called Mr. Cob, without reason its just that I try to be honest in all my dealing with folks and honest in my ride reports to not have mentioned this incident would not be in keeping with my habit of telling the whole story and yes I did mention it to the folks involved when I got to the busted down bike. So please don't let this sour the rest of the story.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:04 AM   #66
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There's always some people who have no respect and think they deserve help no matter where you go it seems.

I would have turned around... that was nice of you

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Old 10-30-2012, 05:53 PM   #67
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As they say Mr Cob, "It takes all kinds to make the world go around " .

Great ride report . Thank you for posting .

Cheers Ian

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Old 10-30-2012, 07:22 PM   #68
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Howdy All,

Sorry for the delay, I have been kinda busy in the garage building skid plates for Ural's to pay for diesel fuel for this winters "Escape from the Nor-Wet", click here to be taken to last years escape and the ride report.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...5#post18423755

And now back to the land of Oz. Day eighteen of the rideabout would take us from Bramwell Station the site of the OCR to the "tip", the northern most part of Australia and back to camp, a LONG, HARD ride indeed.

Oh before I forget I want to thank this man, darn it I sure hope I remember his name correctly I think it is Dave, Dave was a great help to me as I setup camp in the dark and helped me repair my cott which had broken, we successfully repaired and it worked well for the rest of the trip.


As I had taken all my gear out of the hack to make room for the rescue and used most of it to setup camp, if I was going to ride at speed whilst going to the tip I had asked for a volunteer to ride as monkey in the hack this would allow for faster travel and much better handling then if the hack were empty. This fellow, if I remember correctly his name is Rosco said he would ride with me, Thanks Rosco I hope you had a good time I know I did.


Because of the many klicks to be covered we didn't stop or take any photos until we got to the ferry that would carry us across the river. Rosco took most of these photos, we got out tickets here.


Here we are taking the ferry across the river, we had to make good time as the ferry's last trip across the river was at 5:PM or maybe it was 7:PM so if we didn't want to spend the night in the bush we had to be there to catch the last crossing. In this photo, Jock and Zac are already on the ferry.






Rosco and I headed to Bamagan, where we were to meet up with Jock and Zac before heading to the tip. We arrived in Bamagan and went to a bakery that Rosco knew of for a snack.


We waited for quite a while and still Jock and Zac hadn't shown up. We went to the local gas station to see if they had gone there before going to the bakery, they weren't at the gas station either. I thought it best to stay at the gas station rather then ride around looking for Jock and Zac, they had to fuel up before going to the tip so in time we would see them if we just stayed in place. When Jock and Zac did show up at the station Jock told us about the flat tire he had causing them to be late. This put extra pressure on as it was now about 2:pm, we had a lot of ground to cover before getting back to the ferry in time to catch if before it stopped running for the day.

Again not many photos taken as we were short of time. One section of the road really brought back some old memories, it was very narrow with "jungle" growing right up to its edge. The red dirt roads made me think of Hwy 13 as it neared Loc Ninh in Vietnam, but this stretch of road to the tip made me think of of area known as the "Iron Triangle" one of the deadliest area my Army unit operated in, we were ambushed many times in roads like this one with dense jungle growing right up to its edge. This was a wide are of the road with building in the back ground, I was told that this was once a very popular resort that folks stayed whilst vacationing in the this area.


The road got narrower beyond the resort, even in early afternoon it was dark because the trees formed a canopy blocking out the sun , not easy to see much further then a few meters into the heavy vegetation on either side of the road, yeah this place was kinda spooky for me.

We reach the parking area at the end of the road, this is as far north as a person can drive in Australia. Jock and Zac after parking their bikes went for a walk to a point with a sing saying this is the most northern tip of the Australian continent.


Me not being much of a hiker decided to again resort to my old ways as I rode the Ural out onto the beach.




Talking to the Ural dealers I had been told that no one had yet ridden a Ural to the tip, we arrived at the OCR a day early as I wanted to be the first person to ride a Ural to the most northern part of Australia. I was to find out the next day that an Australian Ural rider again if I remember correctly his name is Lee had arrived at the OCR a day before we got there and had beat me to the tip by a day. Congratulations Lee

The ride back to camp was a lot of FUN, toward the end Rosco got into shifting his weight so I could ride the corners faster, by the time we got back it was dark, we were tired, a few beers and off to bed. Stay tuned.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:04 PM   #69
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Hey, that pic looks familiar.




Great RR Mr. Cob.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #70
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What a great read that was.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:32 AM   #71
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That was extremely bad form from those blokes that you helped; pity you didn`t have some better photos to put up so we could see who they were.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:51 AM   #72
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That was extremely bad form from those blokes that you helped; pity you didn`t have some better photos to put up so we could see who they were.

+1 Yup, gotta agree. To promise ONE beer when it should be a dozen for what you did, THEN renege on it, bad karma.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:40 PM   #73
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Howdy All,

Day nineteen of the rideabout, was spent just wondering around the camp ground at the ORC. We pulled maintenance on the bikes, I did an all around bolt tightening on the Ural, also checked the valves had to adjust the right side exhaust it was a tad tight.


The air filter was packed with dirt.


The air filter on the Ural draws air from the INSIDE of the filter NOT from the outside. This is why many folks who are not knowledgeable of their new Ural will complain of poor engine performance and when they are told to check the air filter they mistakenly think its clean. This photo shows the outside of the dirty air filter, it looks clean.


Its the INSIDE that filled with crud.


The air filter cleaned, the valves set, bolts tightened, I do a walkabout of the camp site and check out the many different sidecar rigs, meet and talk to their owners. Oh and this pig just wandered free through out the campground quite a sight.


This is the pub at Bramwell Station, the center of social activity a place to get a beer, a meal and just sit around and swap lies.


Some shots of the campground.






I stop to visit with Lee, he is the Ural rider that was the first to pilot a Ural to the tip. Lee may have beat me to the tip but I think I actually rode further north as I rode a longways out onto the beach, still I congratulate him on his accomplishment.


There were three Ural's at the OCR, from left to right, Tony and his Ural, Cob riding the loaner Ural and Lee with his Ural.


Tony and Lee are both long time Ural riders in Australia, both had come up with interesting ways of copping with the heavy dust on the roads. Here Tony has used a snorkel with a replaceable cloth pre-filter to feed air to the air box from above the opening in the bottom of the stock air box.




Lee has done much the same thing to his rig.




I walked around the camp looking at and taking photos of the many sidecars rigs in attendance. I was amazed at how well thought out these rigs were, how many had complete kitchens built into them, one even had a 12 volt powered refrigerator. Here in no special order where rigs that I thought were really cool.






































And so I wandered the camp ground talking to folks, taking photos and just enjoying the sunshine. That evening had another good meal, some beers and went to bed kinda early, when I am on the road I really don't sleep very well I am usually so wound up I snooze rather then sleep, tomorrow would be another long hard day will many klicks to cover as we started to ride south. Stay tuned for the next installment of the Oz sojourn.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:47 AM   #74
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I stop to visit with John, he is the Ural rider that was the first to pilot a Ural to the tip. John may have beat me to the tip but I think I actually rode further north as I rode a longways out onto the beach, still I congratulate him on his accomplishment.





Hi Dave, Super report. Sorry I got to the tip before you.....but an aussie had to be first.....by the way, It is Lee not John.

No idea how you remember half of the people you met......

Lee

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:54 PM   #75
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Hey "John" , coming to the Fish Holes rally next weekend?
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